Amherst College Department of German Presents
The German Film Series
Thursdays at 4:00 and 7:30 pm, Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College
(in German with English subtitles)
September 13: Good Bye, Lenin! (Wolfgang Becker, 2003; 118 min.)
Award winning international smash hit comedy about the hilarious complications that arise when a young East Berliner, trying to protect his mother—an ardent communist who went into a coma in the fall of 1989—sets out to maintain the illusion that East Germany continues to exist, in their own little apartment.
October 4: In weiter Ferne, so nah! (Faraway, So Close!, Wim Wenders, 1993; 146 min.)
Nastassja Kinski, Willem Dafoe, and Peter Falk star in this sequel to Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire). Find out what happens when angel Cassiel (Otto Sander) renounces eternal life to join his friend, ex-angel Damiel (Bruno Ganz), and Marion (Solveig Dommartin) in post-unification Berlin, only to get caught up in a web of organized crime.
October 18: Die Reise nach Kafiristan (The Journey to Kafiristan, Fosco & Donatello Dubini, 2001;101 min.)
Docudrama about two women who leave their home in Switzerland to journey together to Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1939, when Europe is on the brink of war. Based on the lives of Annemarie Schwarzenbach, a socialite and writer, and Ella Maillart, an ethnologist and photographer.
November 8: Soul Kitchen (Fatih Akin, 2009; 100 min.)
What to do when the woman you love runs off to China? Well, of course you take action by converting a run-down dive in a funky neighborhood into a swanky restaurant, enlisting the help of your brother, a small-time crook. A real estate mogul has different ideas for the place, and regulars clash with the new hipster clientele in this gritty, deadpan multi-cultural comedy.
November 29: Aimée & Jaguar (Max Färberböck, 1998; 126 min.)
Based on a true story, this historical drama, set in wartime Berlin, centers on the unlikely romance that develops when Lilly Wust (Juliane Köhler), the dutiful wife of a Nazi soldier, meets free-spirited Felice Schragenheim (Maria Schrader), who happens to be Jewish.